Perinatal Mental Health for Black Birthworkers, Clinicians, and Providers

We are thrilled to release this recording from a groundbreaking conference held April 30, 2021 - May 21, 2021. In live attendance were Black-identifying birth workers, providers and clinicians in the Los Angeles County area. Please note access to this recording is available on-demand until October 30th, 2021.

This project was funded in part by L.A. Care Health Plan to benefit low-income and uninsured residents of Los Angeles County. This project was also funded in part by California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF).

To engage Black clinicians and providers to increase the capacity and competency of the community.

Is that Black families will have more opportunities to find specialized perinatal providers who look like them and with whom they can relate.

We presented foundational knowledge on perinatal mental health care through a culturally-informed lens. We wanted to assist the community in building concrete skills and tools to more adequately address the mental health needs of Black birthing people.

For those who did not meet the criteria to attend the conference live, the recording of the full conference is now available here for purchase for $199. Included in this purchase are all 4 days of conference materials including dynamic speakers such as Thea Monyeé, Dr. Sheehan Fisher, king yaa, Dr. Meridith Merchant, and more! There are also journal/reflection prompts included each day. There are scholarships available for BIPOC identifying providers to access the course for $50. If you are interested, please reach out to to find out how to apply.

Proceeds will benefit future MMH-NOW programming for Black birth workers and/or Black birthing people.

Conference brochure here:

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) 14 credits approved:

Continuing education for the Perinatal Mental Health Conference for Black Birth Workers, Clinicians, and Providers is sponsored by Wellnest, formerly Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. Wellnest is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wellnest maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets criteria for 14 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists through the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in the state of CA. If you hold a license not listed here or are licensed outside of the state of California, please check with your licensing board directly to confirm that these CE credits will be accepted. We are unable to assist in verifying if CE credits will be approved for your license type/state outside of California.

Requirements for receiving credit: 1) view recordings for all 4 days of the conference, 2) read MANDATORY supplemental materials, 3) pass the post-test assessment for each day 3) complete the survey evaluation when prompted and apply to download your certificate. Requests to download certificates beyond 12/1/21 will result in a $20 processing fee and at least 2 weeks processing time. For urgent requests within 24 business hours of request, an additional $10 processing fee will apply.


This event is also approved by Postpartum Support International (PSI) to count toward PMH-C requirements as the basic foundational training in perinatal mental health. Please visit for more information about the certification process.
  • Day 1
  • Welcome w/ Wenonah Valentine, MBA
  • PMADs from a Community Perspective w/ Erica Melbourne, PsyD
  • Beyond the Blues - PMADs w/ Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C
  • Attachment & Neurobiology w/ Nakeisha Robinson, MA, LMFT
  • Storytelling, Reflection & Integration w/ Meridith A. Merchant, PhD
  • Journaling and/or reflection opportunity
  • Day 1 post-test assessment questions
  • Day 2
  • Day 2: Opening, Welcome & Logistics w/ Meridith A. Merchant, PhD
  • Tips for Screening & Assessment w/ Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C
  • Affirming Support for Black Queer/Trans/Gender Diverse Birthing Ppl w/ king yaa
  • Gifts + Wounds of a Birthing Parent's Womb w/ Katrina Long, LCSW, CYT
  • Radical Inclusivity: Honoring our Kinfolx w/ Arisika Razak, CNM, MPH
  • Journaling/reflection opportunity
  • Day 2 post-test assessment
  • Day 3
  • Day 3: Conference Welcome, Opening Remarks, Logistics Conference w/ Anna King
  • Understanding the Psychology of Pregnancy and Fertility w/ Marissa Long, PsyD
  • NICU, Preterm Birth, Infant Loss & Miscarriage w/ Marissa Long, PsyD
  • Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and PMADS w/ Nakeisha Robinson, MA, LMFT
  • Partners, Fathers & PMADS w/ Sheehan Fisher, PhD
  • Storytelling, Reflection, and Integration w/ Meridith A. Merchant, PhD
  • Journaling/Reflection Opportunity
  • Day 3 Post-Test Assessment
  • Day 4
  • Day 4: Welcome, Introductions and Logistics w/ Meridith A. Merchant, PhD
  • PMADS Treatment & Interventions w/ Janelle Watson, LMFT, PMH-C
  • What Providers Need to Know About Psychotropic Medication w/ Sinmi Bamgbose, MD
  • How To Love a Black Body: Reimagining Wellness for Black Folx - Thea Monyee LMFT
  • Embodying Black Joy_ The Body is Not an Apology w/ Arisika Razak, CNM, MPH
  • Journaling/reflection opportunity
  • Day 4 Post-Test Questions
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed